Should I upgrade to SSD in Late 2008 MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tirexstorm, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. tirexstorm macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    I have a spare 15" Macbook Pro that I keep in my office, to do personal "work" while at my job. I maxed out the RAM (4GB) but I still get the spinning beach ball at times when I am using a lot of apps. I usually have firefox, chrome, mail, calendar, twitter app, messages, and sometimes spotify open. I am often streaming video (MLB, netflix, youtube) and often use an external monitor. Will an SSD do anything to help prevent the slowdowns, or do I just need to upgrade to newer computer?
  2. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    yes but you are limited to SATA II Write speeds

    so buying a sata III wont really help

    but you will definetley notice a speed difference
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You'll definitely notice a speed improvement.

    You can also increase your RAM to 6GB if you can still find the 4GB sticks.
  4. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Absolutely. I put an SSD into my late-2006 MBP, and that gave it several years more.
  5. Nabooly macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    Do SSDs come in SATAII? I've only come across III.

    I am thinking about doing this as well, same MBP. I've got the RAM at 8GB and just bought a new battery. The hard drive however is on it's last legs.
  6. tirexstorm thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007
    Can you get 8gb into the late 2008 MBP? I read 4gb was the max. Would love to go to 8 if possible.
  7. Nabooly macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    I believe the maximum was 8gb? Not sure but my mac recognizes it and appears to use it in activity monitor.

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  8. gochi macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    Yes they do, they are cheaper

    For a 256gb sata ii i would pay no more than say $85

    For a 128gb no more than $60

    just because SATA III for say 256gb is about $120 if you were to go for one of the lesser name brand ssds
  9. StockDC2 macrumors regular

    May 16, 2011
    Yes you can. 8GB is the max.

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